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    Posted: September 01 2010 at 11:43


Progression By Failure is a project by a young french compositor named Nicolas Piveteau. He was born in 1981 and starts to play keyboards at 10 years old. He also plays guitar and drums. 

This project is a vision of the progressive music, a large panorama between power & emotions. The songs are made of beautiful melodies, power riffs & light atmospheres, without what the author considers cliches of standard progressive music.

The first Progression By Failure was well received and this is good enough reason to get Nicolas story. 

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Your biography has been covered in your ProgArchives profile so let's bypass this and go straight to your album. But why did you choose that name ?


The concept of the progression by failure looks like the construction of a song. You have an idea in mind and you try it again and again until it works. This concept is also available for life in general. You learn more of your mistakes than your success. It's an important point for me. I think you have to fall to become a better man and learn from life.

How did you get in touch with Musea ?

In the end of 2008, I send demos to some labels specialised in progressive music. I already know Musea cause my former music teacher was sign by them few years ago. Musea is a solid French label worldly known. We signed a record deal but they only deal out the album. It was a really good thing for me because they've got a great distribution network. It also gives me certain credibility in the world of progressive music.




Please give us your long or brief afterthoughts on your only album to this date Progression by Failure from 2009

It was a really good surprise for me to discover that people like my music. The listeners have to understand that it's an autoproduct album. So of course, the production of the cd is not as good as some big progressive issues. But a lot of people didn't focus on this point and just heard the work on the songs. All the reviews tell the same in fact : the weakness of some instruments (drums and bass) and the great work on melodies and keyboards playing. Those reviews make me move forward. It's always good to have another point of view on his music.

How is your writing and creative processes and the recording process ?

I listen to a lot of sort of music (metal, progressive rock, jazz, classical…) and when I compose a song, I always want to found the feeling that those music provokes in me. For example, the song "Talion" was write to find the feeling of bands like Therion, but It does not sound exactly the same. It's the explanation why we found all these different styles on the album (dark metal like Opeth for "Desperate Anger", symphonic prog for "Memories From The Future)… But I don't want to mix all those styles in one song because, for me you can easily loose the feeling you want to transmit.

How would you describe your music to those here who are unfamiliar with Progression by Failure ?

Like I said before, I think that everybody who likes progressive music whatever It looks like (nu-prog, metal-prog…) can find something on this album. I don't want to focus on one special style of progressive music. Everybody who is open minded can found something. If you like strong melodies and keyboard playing, you will like it.



Tech talk: Which keyboards do you use and do you also use samples in your compositions ?

For the first album, all songs were made on my Korg Triton Le. Every sound was made with it. At this time, I'm a constructing a new setup with new keyboards, new effects and a sampler. I want to try to mix vintage and more actual sounds.

Do you envisage to expand your project into a full band with other instruments too or is this going to be a keyboards projects only ?  

For the first album, I didn't know that my music will have this impact on some people. I was just writing music for myself and didn't search for some musicians to play with me. It's really hard to have musicians who want to invest in a progressive project. But for the next album, I will try to found some musicians to record songs in good conditions. For example, I know that I'm not a great drummer, so next time I will ask someone else. I also want to try to add vocals and more heavy guitars on some tracks.

Is music your main occupation or do any of you have daytime jobs outside the music scene ?

I have a full time job beside so It's hard to find time to compose. But I always keep time for music every week. That's really a need for me.

What is the latest updates and the plans for this and next year ?  

I'm working on new songs. A demo called "Sparkles" will figure in my myspace soon. It sounds like a crossover of The Gathering and some more progressive things. I'm also working on a heavier song that looks like some Planet X and another long track sounding like Gentle Giant and Genesis. Maybe I will have enough songs for an album in the fall of 2011.

To wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to add to this interview ?  

I would like to thanks all the people who support this project and who bought my first album. It means a lot for me. That's what makes me going. I specially want to thanks everybody at Progarchive.com for his support since the beginning. Long live the prog!




Thank you to Nicolas for this interview

His PA profile is here and his homepage is here

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Very enjoyable music, I like his album. Thanks for this interview.

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Hi everyone!
This is Nicolas PIVETEAU. I just put a little message here to tell you that I'm working on the new album!
I've got more than one hour of songs and I am working with Duncan Storr on the artwork. He already work for bands like Skyclad and Rage.
You can see some sketches here : http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/duncanstorr/dsf.htm
More news to come!
 
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Here, a little video of the drums session for the next album :
 
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Extract of the first song of the next album :
 
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J'ai vraiment hate ! Can't wait ! 
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Merci pour ton impatienceWink
New extract from the new album to come :
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Another extract from the new album :
 
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quelle beaute , ce piano ! bravo, maitre!
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Hello everyone !

The recording of the new album is finished !

This new issue called “Sonic Travelogue”, is composed of nine new songs from a length of 4 to 12 minutes. These new compositions mix progressive rock, classical music, jazz, post-rock…

For this new record, Nicolas Piveteau is surrounded by Drayen Labie on guitars and Mike Saccoman on drums.

This new album was composed in collaboration with Duncan Storr, illustrator who worked for Skyclad, Rage, Scale The Summit... Duncan has created a visual for each track of the next album. All his work for "Sonic Travelogue" will be found in the booklet of the limited edition. A part of his work for the album can be seen here.

Several extracts of songs are shown here

We just start a crowdfunding campaign on ulule.com 
For this new album, we want to offer a quality item, as the sound level (with mixing and mastering done by a professional), at visual  level (with a CD available in digipack format with 12-page booklet limited to first 500 copies).
Unfortunately this will have a cost. Crowdfunding is the ability to finance the production of the new album by thanking donors with a limited edition, which can add dedications, posters, demos of the album ...
Crowdfunding allows everyone to help the project move forward and make sure to get the album before anyone else.

The overall project budget is estimated at a total of € 7,000, which includes the cost of the studio, the artwork, mixing, mastering, pressing of the album, posters, cds demos ...
Much is already funded. But the sum of € 2,500 is still missing ... It will fund the mixing, mastering and pressing of the album.
A lot of counterparties are offered to thank you for your participation in this project. Every contribution is important.

Thank you for your support! http://fr.ulule.com/progressionbyfailure/

You can visit the new website of the band : http://www.progressionbyfailure.com/le-groupe/

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